Ghostbusters Blu-ray Disc October 11th, 2016

Posted in Action, Blu-ray, Comedy, Commentary, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Sony on October 13th, 2016 by Dave

Ghostbusters Blu-ray

This week’s top new title is the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release Ghostbusters – on Blu-ray Disc October 11th, 2016.

Paul Feig and Katie Dippold wrote the screenplay for this supernatural action comedy.

With Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project and the death of Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony decided to reboot the series.

The film is thus the third feature movie in the Ghostbusters franchise.

Ghostbusters the Movie

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Physicists Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert were co-authors of a book which details the existence of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena.

Gilbert has since disowned the work and is working hard to become a tenured professor at Columbia University.

Yates continues to study the paranormal at a technical college, along with eccentric engineer Jillian Holtzmann.

Gilbert discovers that Yates has republished the book, and its existence threatens her opportunity for tenure at Columbia.

She meets with Yates, who agrees to recall the book in exchange for a lead to a paranormal investigation.

The group witness a malevolent ghost, rekindling Gilbert’s interest in the paranormal.

However it also leads to Gilbert’s tenure being denied when a video of her talking about ghosts goes viral.

The three open an office above a Chinese restaurant and build equipment to study and capture ghosts.

MTA worker Patty Tolan witnesses a ghost in a subway line and contacts the group, eventually becoming their fourth member.

While they are publicly ridiculed, when they discover that the increase in paranormal activity is not coincidental, the team must work together to combat a supernatural apocalypse.

Ghostbusters – My Thoughts

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The new Ghostbusters is a fun film, but it is not without its problems.

While some were concerned with the all female cast, I think it was a great idea.

Ultimately though the execution was flawed.

The opening half hour for the film was problematic due to a couple of factors.

While I love Kristen Wiig, her character is really quite unbearable in the early sequences of the film.

Additionally the early conflict between her character and Melissa McCarthy’s character Abby sucks energy at a crucial time.

It doesn’t help that the Holtzmann character is extremely off the wall and does little to draw the audience in initially.

Once we get past all of the early issues, the film gets into its groove and becomes the film it needed to be.

The chemistry between the four characters is great and the film delivers on its promises.

It feels like they did a great job of purging the problematic aspects from later in the film, but were left with an awkward setup that didn’t really quite work.

Overall I think the film was worthwhile, and certainly a great choice for franchise fans, if you can get past the first half an hour or so.

I watched the extended version, but am left wondering if the original theatrical version is a tighter cut that might make it a better film.

It is fun that many of the original Ghostbusters film’s cast make cameo appearances in new roles.

Ultimately I expect more people to warm to these characters and I can imagine that a sequel might do very well.

Ghostbusters Cast, Crew and Performance

Along with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, the cast includes Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong, Andy García, Charles Dance and Michael K. Williams.

Ghostbusters was directed by Paul Feig, famous for films like BridesmaidsThe Heat, and Spy.

The movie was mostly well received by critics with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 73%.

That said it was met with mixed public response, earning an IMDb score of 5.5/10.

Ghostbusters was a limited success in the cinema, taking in $128M at the US box office against a budget around $144M, making it a little disappointing for the studio.

Ghostbusters on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 22 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1.

The image quality is really quite excellent throughout, and I can’t help but imagine that this film would look great in 4K Ultra HD.

Nonetheless. even this Blu-ray release looks very good and will not disappoint.

For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc, check out the details page for Ghostbusters.

The main audio is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 16-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

Sadly the Dolby Atmos audio is exclusive to the Ultra HD release for this movie.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 49.7 GB used and is coded for Region A.

Ghostbusters Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

The Blu-ray release for the new Ghostbusters comes with a collection of supplements, including extensive additional footage.

Filmmaker Commentaries

It is interesting to note that there are two commentary tracks on this movie.

The Writer and Director Commentary features Paul Feig and Katie Dippold.

The two talk about their inspirations and intentions for the difference sequences as they play out.

The Film Maker commentary features many more contributors along with Paul Feig again.

Other department heads include editor Brent White, producer Jessie Henderson, production designer Jeff Sage, visual effects supervisor Pete Travers, and special effects supervisor Mark Hawker.

The team discuss their roles and with so many contributors the commentary is very lively.

The commentary reveals many interesting insights into the production and is well worth checking out.
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2 Hysterically Haunting Gag Reels – 15:29

The gag reels are pretty extensive though are frivolous as you might expect.

Nonetheless they obviously had a lot of fun making this film.

4 Unearthed deleted scenes – 9:22

The deleted scenes add a little more content that was deservedly cut from the film.

They also reveal that they originally took the animosity between Erin and Abby further in the original script.

11 Totally Possessed Alternate Scenes – 21:14

Most of the alternate scenes are longer versions of the scenes from the movie that were cut down for the film.

These versions are even longer than the ones in the extended version of the movie.

The cringeworthy scenes with Erin from the opening of the film are even harder to watch in the longer version.

Some of the gags that were cut are amusing but most won’t be missed.

6 Jokes-a-Plenty Alternate Take Reels – 34:30

While the first alternate take reel features both major and minor characters, the others focus on one particular character.

Holtzmann, Patty, Kevin, and Dean Thomas Shanks get their own segments.

In each case we get to see multiple improvised takes for a number of scenes.

Meet the Team – 8:04

Director Paul Feig discusses the casting for the four main characters in this segment.

The actors also weigh in on their characters and the other cast members and characters.

This segment is a great in depth look into the character design and practical implementation.

The Ghosts of Ghostbusters – 13:57

The ghosts of Ghostbusters are front in center in this segment.

The ghosts range from humanoid through to completely computer generated ghosts.

Perhaps the ghosts that were computer enhancements of real actors were the most interesting.
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Visual Effects: 30 Years Later – 15:16

This featurette covers the difference between the effects of the new movie versus the original film.

Of course digital effects have become huge in film making in the last thirty years.

That said there are still a lot of practical considerations to allow the digital effects to be woven in seamlessly.

The rock concert scene was a key effects sequence that was a combination of practical and digital elements.

The finale in Times Square required a massive set built for production, and a lot of effects!

This is a great featurette for fans who want to see how key shots were achieved.

Slime Time – 5:15

A short segment dedicated to the ectoplasm slime used throughout the movie.

Kristen Wiig and her stunt double were the ‘lucky’ recipients of much of the slime.

This segment presents a recipe for slime so you can make some at home.

Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’ – 7:42

The casting of Chris Hemsworth in the role of the receptionist is the focus of this segment.

Again a lot of the humour came from improvisation in his scenes and Hemsworth discusses his experiences.

Photo Gallery

The photo gallery uses BD Java to offer slide shows of concept art and such from the film.

The range of images is pretty extensive with ghost character designs and concept art for many of the props and locations.

All in all there is over two hours of supplemental content not counting the commentaries, so there is plenty to dig into for fans of the movie.

This release includes an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

Ghostbusters Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Ghostbusters is a fun action comedy that has a weak start but a strong finish.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has put together a technically strong release except for the lack of Atmos audio.

The extras are extensive though, making this a pretty solid release all told.

The retail price is $34.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $19.99, saving 43%!

Ghostbusters Blu-ray Extras:

  • 2 Hysterically Haunting Gag Reels
  • 4 Unearthed deleted scenes
  • 11 Totally Possessed Alternate Scenes and more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with Ultraviolet download
  • 6 Jokes-A-Plenty alternate take reels
  • Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’
  • The Ghosts of Ghostbusters
  • Meet the Team
  • Visual Effects: 30 Years Later
  • Slime Time
  • Filmmaker Commentaries
  • Photo Gallery

Ghostbusters Blu-ray Synopsis:

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team-up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city. Robert Abele of TheWrap says, “This new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny.”

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